Potton go second after Olney win

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In extremely windy conditions a below strength Potton United battled well to come away from Olney Town with a 3-2 win that lifts them to second in the league table.

Both teams had their moments when they were on top and Olney contested until the final whistle.

Playing with the advantage of the strong wind behind them Potton in their fist attack saw Jon Bailey’s cross go across the goal.

Ryan Smith had a shot saved by Craig Lewis before Aaron Murell had a good run that saw him shoot wide. Potton retaliated and Joe Jordan had a shot that was just wide before forcing keeper Janus Tammero to save low down.

A tremendous tackle by Kenny Smith prevented Danny Webb shooting and from the resulting corner Christian Shail shot wide. In the 19th minute Murell made another good run and shot past Lewis before Potton’s defenders could get a tackle in to give Olney the lead.

This spurred Potton on and Stuart Gillies had a shot from 20 yards that went over the bar and then Joe Aris shot from 30 yards, again the ball going just over the bar.

From a centre James Wills headed tamely wide before Joe Jordan saw his 40 yard shot hit the crossbar with the keeper well beaten.

With the half rapidly drawing to a conclusion a centre from Bailey eluded everyone and finished up in the net to equalise for Potton in the 41st minute. Two minutes later Jordan tried a low shot from 20 yards and this eluded the keeper to give Potton the lead. Smith then saw his header saved by Lewis before hitting the post just before the half time whistle.

With the wind at their backs Olney came out determined in the second half and dominated early play. Dean Torto fired well over the bar and from a free kick Smith headed wide. Webb shot wide before Lewis saved from Smith and then Smith saw his free kick go just wide.

Webb played a great ball into Murrell who saw his effort well saved by Lewis. Against the run of play and after a corner in the 68th minute the ball bounced in the Olney goal area before Stuart Gillies was able to get the final shot to score Potton’s third goal.

Olney were not giving up and three minutes later after what appeared a push by an Olney player Smith fired his shot past Lewis. Play was very much in midfield for the last 15 minutes with Jack Weedon and Torto both shooting wide. Potton defended well until the final whistle.

This win takes Potton a point above Stewarts & Lloyds Corby whom they play at Corby this coming Saturday - it should be an interesting match.

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Ashley Yeomans, Calum Forster, Kenny Smith, Luke Harradine, John Bailey, Stuart Gillies, Joe Aris, Gary Ansell-Carter, James Wills (Alex Taylor), Joe Jordan